The first night of Hanukkah is December 6th. Even if you’re not celebrating, you can still get in on the delicious tradition of eating fried foods. From chicken to donuts to potato pancakes (latkes), here are some of the best places to find Hanukkah treats in Pasadena:
Fried chicken: My family will use any excuse to indulge in fried chicken. It’s the perfect solution if you’re having a non-traditional Hanukkah brunch (think chicken and waffles, but with donuts instead of waffles) and it works just as well for dinner. The first night of Hanukkah this year happens to fall on a Sunday, so it works well for a Sunday night feast too.
Here are some of the top places for fried chicken in Pasadena:
Roscoe’s comes readily to mind as Los Angeles’ best known fried chicken spot. Celebrate the miracle of Hannukah with some of the city’s most miraculous soul food.
830 N Lake Ave Pasadena, CA 91104 Phone number (626) 791-4890
Major Dave’s is perfect for a party because you can grab a large order and serve it up hot or cold.
163 N Hill Ave Pasadena, CA 91106 Phone number (626) 460-8730
Jelly donuts: In Israel, donuts known as sufganiyot are a traditional Hanukkah food. They have a slightly denser texture than most American donuts and are stuffed with fillings. Sufganiyot can be found at places around Los Angeles, but in Pasadena, just head for the nearest donut shop and pick up a half dozen jelly donuts. (see how creative one can be?)
Here are some of the best jelly donuts in Pasadena:
Gladstone Donut House is on an often-overlooked corner of Lake. Although it’s renowned for its buttermilk glazes, it’s also one of the few places where you can find a decent jelly donut—and they’re triangle-shaped!
1332 N Lake Ave Pasadena, CA 91104 Phone number (626) 794-3867
Royal Donuts is a great place to pick up a dozen because of their low prices, although jelly-filled usually cost a bit more.
633 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, CA 91105 Phone number (626) 795-5336
If you have a classic crowd, then head over to Winchell’s. It’s one of the few remaining of what used to be a favorite chain and pleases hardcore donut eaters as well as fans of gourmet glazes.
571 S Lake Ave Pasadena, CA 91101 Phone number (626) 396-7065
Latkes: Potato pancakes, known as latkes, are a classic Hanukkah staple, but they create quite a mess in the kitchen. If you don’t feel like spending the next eight nights wiping down your stove (and floor), then pick up some potato pancakes, or order them as a side dish.
We haven’t found potato pancakes in town, but when you need a latke fix in Pasadena, substitute hash browns at one of Pasadena’s diners . And though latkes and pork are pretty much verboten at a typical Hanukkah gathering, the potato pancakes at Der Wolfskopf are served alongside sausages and breakfast dishes to tasty effect.